BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Mirzo Atadzhanov, a 28-year-old man from Brooklyn, and the alleged killer of New York City University Professor Jeremy Safran recently entered a not guilty plea. Atadzhanov told the authorities that he was acting in self-defense when he slew the professor.
Jeremy Safran Provoked Brooklyn Man with Derogatory Comment
According to the DA’s Office, Atadzhanov became a person of interest in Safran’s murder after one of the professor’s neighbors saw him entering and leaving the house minutes before his wife discovered the cadaver.
During his police interview, the Brooklyn man, who apparently is from Tajikistan, declared that Safran approached him a while back for house maintenance. Atadzhanov claimed that Jeremey Safran commissioned him to repair his electric system. He also told the authorities that he agreed to Safran’s terms even though he’s not qualified.
Upon completing the repairs, Safran allegedly told Atadzhanov that his work leaves a lot to be desired. Furthermore, according to the suspect’s taped confession, Safran told him that “this country cannot benefit from immigrants.”
Upset by Safran’s derogatory comment, Atadzhanov confronted the New York University professor.
According to the authorities, the suspect claimed that Safran attacked him with a combat knife after their verbal confrontation. The suspect added that Safran’s death was self-defense. However, the crime scene clues paint an entirely different story.
One of Safran’s neighbor saw Atadzhanov entering and leaving the house on the day of the murder. This prompted him to call Safran’s wife.
Furthermore, the first responders found the professor’s body in the basement, with a blunt-type wound to the base of his head.
Atadzhanov was still in the house when Safran’s wife discovered her husband’s body. The authorities declared that the suspect came out of hiding when he saw the woman’s pit bull.
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